Poised to rid Lagos State of malaria, the management of May and Baker Nigeria Plc recently collaborated with the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), by embarking on an environmental sanitation exercise in Agege area of the state, to promote awareness on how proper environmental management can help reduce the transmission of malaria.
The exercise, which was in line with the theme of this year’s World Malaria Day celebration, themed: “Zero Malaria Starts with Me”, also featured free screening of residents for malaria, and distribution of antimalarial.
Available records revealed that an estimated 300,000 Nigerians die of malaria related illnesses annually, with urgent action required to address its prevalence. Globally, World Malaria Day, which takes place on 25 April of every year, is an internationally recognised day, highlighting the global efforts to control malaria and celebrate the gains that have been made.
Commenting on the campaign, Mr. Chukutem Chukuka, executive director, Pharma Sales and Marketing, May & Baker Nigeria said the medical outreach was designed to sensitize Nigerians about the scourge of malaria and guide them on how best to live a malaria free life.
One of the residents of Moshalashi Alhaja, Agege who benefited from the free screening was Yukura Ibrahim, a shop owner in the neighborhood. He expressed his gratitude to the pharma company for their kind gesture.
Another resident of the suburb, Mr Taiwo Adekunle, said he didn’t know he had malaria until he was tested and found to be sick of the disease. He was subsequently given an antimalarial to treat the condition.